Well, I just wanted to go ahead and use this time to talk about things that have been happening in my life recently that relate to atheism/religion/skepticism/etc:
1. I have a very religious friend who I'm very close to and we tend to debate the topic of religion frequently (strangely enough, our discussions are why we are so close). Right now, we are discussing morality because somehow we got to the question of what I would say to the Christian god if I happened to die and see him up there. Becuase she's my close friend and we've always talked honestly about this subject, I told her exactly what I would say to such a being considering the fact that even if he was real I would still find such a being morally repulsive. Her reply was basically that my human perspective was unable to judge god. So of course, I dragged the discussion into a version of the Euthyphro dilemma from there (if you don't know that one, here's the wiki article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euthyphro_dilemma). She's going to give me a response time later (we're doing the discussion by email right now), so I'll update with how she responds and how I intend to respond back.
2. My mother is very religious (she doesn't quite know that I'm an atheist) and is kind of suspicious of science (and yet she is glad that I'm majoring in science...she's a very strange woman, I know). I just recently got over an Illness (the doctor said that it was allergies but I'm a little skeptical of the diagnosis considering some of the symptoms and the fact that I've never had allergies) but while I was still very ill, my mother attempted to give me homeopathic cough drops. I showed her a science article that discussed and debunked homeopathy and then showed her an article about the placebo effect. I'm not sure if that was enough to convince her but at least we're having these conversations that will hopefully chip away at the many false (or at least things that I find false) things my mother believes in. What's strange is that she is allowing me to go the TAM this summer (if you don't know about that here's a link with details: http://www.amazingmeeting.com). I'm guessing she didn't notice the many speakers on the lineup that are also outspoken atheists. Btw, I don't know anyone else who is going to TAM, so if anyone here is going please let me know.
3. I happen to be one of the leaders of a fledgling atheist/agnostic/secular humanist/freethinker/etc club at my college. We've been around now for almost a year and so far we've done a couple of cool things as well (fun discussions, a trip to counter-protest the westboro baptist church, talks with the religious groups on campus, etc). I was wondering if there are any college students that are a part of an atheist/agnostic/club that could give me any advice on other events we could do. Also if there are students that go to college in Massachusetts that are a part of such groups or students go to a college that is a part of the Five College Consortium (Smith, Mount Holyoke, Hampshire, Amherst, Umass-Amherst) please contact me because I want the group to start making connections with nearby colleges.